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Islamophobia(s) in the aftermath of Nice attack

Dr Aurelien Mondon discusses Islamophobia in France on the Institute of Policy Research blog

‘Terrorism threat is waning’: David Miller in The Guardian

Figures from the Global Terrorism Database show a dramatic rise in the number of deaths from terrorist attacks across the world recently but, in western Europe, the figure has decreased.

Internet of Things: Engineering student's winning idea

Ka Man Wong, a student on our MSc Modern Building Design course, has been recognised by Bosch for her innovative idea of a computerised recycling container that could incentivise consumers to recycle waste materials.

The way ahead for marine renewable energy research

The University of Bath hosted the prestigious 3rd PRIMaRE Conference to address challenges facing the marine renewable energy industry at the regional, national and international level.

Cloud-based resource supports microbiology data sharing

CLIMB, the UK’s Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics is a collaboration between academic and computing staff at the Universities of Bath, Birmingham, Cardiff, Swansea and Warwick.

New findings provide deeper understanding of the way people with autism use reasoning skills.

University of Bath academics have uncovered findings to suggest that people with autism have a different way of reasoning than those not on the autism spectrum.

Why today’s skills shortage matters

Steve Egan explains how IAAPS will offer industry-led training including new Masters & PhD programmes

Ian Williams elected chair of international committee

Professor Ian Williams has been elected Chair of the committee responsible for Physical Organic Chemistry within the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

The Brilliant Club: taking the PhD to the classroom

CSCT student Luke Williams takes his research into the classroom as part of the Scholars Programme, an initiative run by educational charity The Brilliant Club.

Watch video snapshot of 10W opening

10 West houses our Department of Psychology, Institute for Policy Research and Graduate Commons

A contradiction at the heart of Universal Credit

Professor Jane Millar (Social & Policy Sciences) has co-written an article on the government’s new ‘Universal Credit’ tax system for London School of Economics & Political Science.

Recent ACE graduate wins £1,000 3DReid Student Prize

Michael Lewis won the prize for the ’maturity of thinking and attention to detail of his beautifully illustrated and modelled scheme’ according to head judge Mark Taylor, Chief Executive of 3DReid.

Miss Minoes - Award winning children’s film & workshop: 2 Aug

This utterly charming classic family film tells the tale of Miss Minoes, a cat who is transformed into a young woman and befriends Tibbe, a shy bumbling cub reporter for the local newspaper.

Best way to get rid of a spare tyre - The Guardian

Research by Dylan Thompson's research has been discussed in The Guardian.

How to engage young people in British democracy

Benjamin Bowman, Teaching Fellow in Comparative Politics, writes for The Conversation.

Koç University cancer researchers visit Bath

The Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology recently welcomed Professor Mert Erkan, Professor Bengi Gürses and Dr Metin Kurtoğlu, medical oncologists with particular expertise in pancreatic cancer research, from our partner institution in Turkey.

Department of Physics - commited to equality

The Department of Physics has been awarded Institute of Physics (IoP) Juno Practitioner status, which recognises departments that demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics, and encourage better practice for both women and men.

New University Chaplain appointed

The Reverend Prebendary Dr Nigel Rawlinson will start as our next University Chaplain in September

Teachers & career advisers learn which STEM degrees Bath offer

University of Bath and eminent psychologists open new psychology building and the Centre for Applied Autism Research

The University of Bath’s newest building is now open for teaching and research.

University of Bath and eminent psychologists open new psychology building and the Centre for Applied Autism Research

The University of Bath’s newest building is officially opening today for teaching and research, following a visit from eminent psychologist Dame Vicki Bruce.

Sun cream compound offers unprecedented protection against UVA radiation

A new compound developed by University of Bath scientists in collaboration with King’s College London offers unprecedented protection against the harmful effects of UVA radiation in sunlight, which include photo-ageing, cell damage and cancer.

Team Bath Racing is No 1 UK Formula Student team

The engineering competition has been dominated by electric racers in recent years, but Stuttgart’s 2016 result proves that petrol power is still a viable option for the win at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers annual event

CSCT Blog: Developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career

CSCT students Felix (Cohort 2015), Sonia (Cohort 14), Tristan (Cohort 13) and alumnus Anyela (Cohort 10) attended a two day training workshop run by the BBSRC NIBB Networks.

IPR blog: Dr Nicholas Startin’s talk in Croatia on the EU

The talk at the European Ideas Network’s (EIN) annual summer school in Croatia was exactly one week after the announcement of the referendum result

Researchers discover altruism is favoured by chance

Mathematicians may have found an answer to the longstanding puzzle as to why we have evolved to cooperate.

18 Manvers Street project update: July 2016

Keeping you updated on the project to transform the building into a learning zone with office space for student-facing services

Unicamp delegation visit cements Bath’s ties with Brazil

We celebrated the joint 50 year anniversary for our University and for our Brazilian partners Unicamp at a reception last week.

Local MP visits University of Bath to see pioneering dementia research

Ben Howlett, MP for Bath, witnessed first-hand the ways a collaboration between Alzheimer’s Research UK and the University of Bath are leading the fight against dementia when he visited a lab on Friday 15 July.

IPR blog: No love on the dole

Dr Rita Griffiths discusses the dilemma faced by single parents considering cohabiting

Did a burning oil spill wipe out the dinosaurs?

Dr Nick Longrich explains how we may be closer to finally understanding the extinction of the dinosaurs

New behaviour observed in superconductors

A University of Bath physicist has collaborated in a study which observed behaviour in a superconductor which had never been seen before.

Bastille Day attack in Nice

Our thoughts are with the people of France, French colleagues and students, the victims and their loved ones

Six research teams win EPSRC Global Challenge funding

Six projects, based on our University research strengths in water, built environment, sustainability and health, and coupled with our international development expertise, will contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

David & Goliath: public health vs the tobacco industry

Karen Evans-Reeves from our Tobacco Control Research Group has taken part in a podcast for The Conversation discussing why scientific evidence sometimes struggles against other powers.

Next steps for the Doctoral College

A blog update on postgraduate provision by Professor Jonathan Knight, PVC (Research)

Health, digital & mobile start-ups showcase innovative tech

The aim of the SETsquared Open Innovation Showcase is to broker mutually beneficial partnerships, as big name global corporates find new technologies & products and start-ups have the chance to seal deals with business giants that they would never normally be able to access.

Eva Donoghue is International Student Adviser of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Eva Donoghue, International Students Co-ordinator in the Students' Union, won the 'International Student Adviser of the Year' award at the 2016 Internationalisation Awards held in Sheffield.

All students on innovative MSc find placements

100% of 2015 MSc Modern Building Design cohort go off on placement with our industrial partners

Postgrads take part in model NATO event in Bologna

Some of our Euromasters, MA International Relations and MA International Security students took part in a prestigious NATO summer school at the University of Bologna in June 2016.

Dr Emma Carmel explains EU’s rules on free movement

Dr Emma Carmel, SPS, writes an explainer for The Conversation

Students pitch business ideas Stateside

Four students from the University are pitching business ideas to some of the key players in Silicon Valley and New York’s tech sector, in a prize trip for student entrepreneurs.

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The quest for the world’s hottest chilli

Timothy Woodman, Senior NMR Spectroscopist, discusses his research into capsaicinoids in The Conversation.

Spying on chemistry in real-time

Scientists from our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies will soon be able to watch chemical reactions happen in real-time, with a new chemical analysis facility that will be the first of its kind in the world.

Free online course empowers individuals to improve NHS

A new free online course is aiming to give people working in health and social care organisations the skills and confidence to improve the quality of healthcare provision.

HSS student bloggers share their placement adventures

The posts paint an engaging, informative, exciting and above all, honest picture of the experiences that our students can have during their third year, in various global locations with fascinating organisations.

Tributes flood in for legend Ivor Powell

Dozens of alumni and staff joined Ivor Powell’s family and friends to celebrate the extraordinary life and career of the much-loved football coach on Saturday when he was posthumously inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame for Sport.

Experts listen in on noisy Falmouth seas

A long-term plan for managing noise in shallow parts of the ocean such as Falmouth Bay is needed to protect the environment, experts have said.

HSS Faculty awards £18k to support placement students

A new funding scheme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences has awarded 21 students with grants of £1,000 or £500 to help support them during their placement year.

The economic benefits of investment

Our Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) will support new jobs & investment

Forthcoming events to celebrate our 50th Anniversary

We have a number of events taking place throughout July: conferences, a reunion football match and the official opening of 10 West.

Postgrad students aim to change the world

Postgraduate students from across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences hosted and took part in the 3rd annual postgraduate conference on the theme of Changing Lives, Changing Worlds.

Mike Tipping interview published in Times Higher Education

Mike Tipping, Professor of Data Science at the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation, discusses robots, research impact and his goal-scoring abilities

Plug & Tub wins Gold 'Best Bar None' Award

The Students' Union Bar and Nightclub - The Plug & The Tub - was awarded a Gold Best Bar None Award at the NUS Awards in Liverpool held on 6 July.

Fond farewell to Ian Robinson, retiring after 20 years

Ian Robinson, outgoing CEO of the SU, has received a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the national NUS Awards

David Galbreath: new Dean of HSS

Prof David Galbreath has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences from 1 Aug

How internet porn damages romantic intimacy

Sam Carr, Lecturer in Education, writes for the Coversation.

IPR blog - After the Referendum: picking up the bits

Professor Graham Room from SPS discusses how to rebuild solidarity after the vote to leave the EU.

June - a bumper month in The Conversation

From Brexit to (Gareth) Bale, dinosaurs to social death, June was our busiest month ever for The Conversation both in terms of published articles and readership.

Ana Dinerstein convenes workshop on 'the social harbour'

The workshop took place within the Rotterdam International Architecture Biennale (IARB) and was titled: The Next Economy.

Inspiring future female engineers

In June, we celebrated Women in Engineering Day and held a Girls into Engineering event

Two Engineering graduates receive Bath BP Centurion awards

Sadik Zorlu and Maitham Dib have been recognised for their contributions to university life with a Bath BP Centurion award of £1,000.

CSCT Summer Showcase 2016: Sustainability

Next week's conference will focus on disseminating the latest research in Sustainable Chemical Technologies

IMI helps students gain research experience to get ahead

This summer, 18 students from across campus are spending the holiday period gaining valuable research experience and getting a feel for what a career in science has to offer.

Celebrating the life & career of Ivor Powell

As part of our 50th celebrations, a reunion match is taking place at the STV on Saturday

Fleur Hoefkens-Lee is new Creative Producer for Bath Dance

Fleur’s experience in building and supporting dance for young people in Bath will help nourish the future of Bath Dance within our local community, bringing dance to more people and supporting professional dancers in the region.

Wali Aslam comments on Iranian state Press TV station

Dr Wali Islam, Middle East specialist from PoLIS, was recently interviewed by Business Insider for an article about Jeremy Corbyn being paid for appearances on the Iranian state broadcast network Press TV.

Prof Nick Pearce on Labour's challenges: The Observer

Director of IPR Nick Pearce has written an opinion piece describing how the fractured Labour coalition of middle-class liberals and working-class social conservatives could find points of unity on economic policy.

Rain couldn’t stop play at water-themed Festival of Nature

Apocalyptic downpours did not deter nearly 2,000 visitors who came to Festival of Nature events in Bath to interact with researchers from our Milner Centre for Evolution and Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT).

National festival showcases latest trends in research

The University is hosting social scientists from around the UK for the ESRC's Research Methods Festival taking place in the Chancellors' Building this week.

Science could help search for the next Andy Murray

Our researchers from the Department for Health and Bath IMI are investigating whether grouping young tennis players according to their physical maturity rather than their chronological age could help us develop our future tennis champions.

Should robots be like humans? Guardian podcast

Dr Joanna Bryson (Computer Science) takes part in a discussion about Artificial Intelligence.

Optical fibre research at Royal Society Science Exhibition

Dr William Wadsworth and his team will be showcasing their research on optical fibres at the UK’s most prestigious annual science exhibition in London this week.

Celebrating National Women's Engineering Day 2016

Members of WESBath (Bath Women in Engineering Society) welcomed 50 girls from local schools to enjoy a taste of what it is like to be an engineer.

CSCT Energy Factory at Cheltenham Science Festival

Students from the CSCT showcased the best of their Public Engagement activities at Cheltenham Science Festival - one of the foremost science festivals in the UK that offers jam-packed days of debate, discovery, experiments, enjoyment and hands-on fun, encouraging members of the public to take a fresh look at the world around them.

Successful research into health at SAMBa Integrative Think Tank

In early June, 90 people including mathematicians, statisticians, pharmacologists, rheumatologists, clinicians, and engineers gathered in the city of Bath for SAMBa’s fourth Integrative Think Tank.

Lisa Isted hangs up ceremonial gown

After 20 years at the Uni, Assistant Registrar Lisa is going to train to be a priest in the Church of England

Chancellor’s Dinner: A feast of ideas

Over 150 distinguished guests joined HRH The Earl of Wessex to toast 50 years of our University

Aerodynamics of the perfect free kick

Theoretical physicist Ken Bray describes the mathematics behind free kicks & the effect of spin

Boris: all sizzle & no sausage? Or playing the long game?

Professor Charlie Lees writes for The Conversation

Honouring philanthropist couple

Roger and Sue Whorrod receive honorary degrees at our summer award ceremonies

Charlie Lees interviewed on Australian radio

Professor Charlie Lees discusses the turmoil within the Labour Party on ABC radio station.

Parking permits: Price increases for 2016-17

Members of staff who wish to update their vehicle details or their permit type before the new permits are issued (week commencing Monday 11 July) can do so by emailing

Chris Budd & Gavin Shaddick appointed Deputy Directors of IMI

Professor Jonathan Dawes, Director of the IMI, commented: "Chris and Gavin will develop IMI in new directions, reinforcing our mission to work with external partners, to develop cross-campus research collaborations, and to support mathematical activities, nationally and internationally."

Congratulations! Graduation one day, Rio 2016 selection the next

Sonny Webster, who has just graduated from his three-year Sports Performance course, will make his Olympic debut in the men’s 94kg division after being crowned as British Champion in that weight category earlier this month.

Why we need to find a cure for 'social death'

Jana Králová, PhD student in our Centre for Death & Society, writes for The Conversation.

Breast cancer drug shows continuing clinical impact

Positive, new clinical data were revealed at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago last week, the world’s largest cancer congress, for Irosustat, a drug pioneered at the University of Bath that could prolong the lives of women with breast cancer.